“Recovery Road” brings entertainment and a message

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Photo credit to northpointenow.org

Jordyn Bauman, Arts and Entertainment Editor

The first three episodes of “Recovery Road” were released on On-Demand Dec. 18, 2015, which was how I initially started watching the show. The series revolves around main character, Maddie Graham (Jessica Sula) who is being confronted with her alcohol and drug addiction. Maddie is caught with alcohol on school property by her guidance counselor and has to choose between expulsion or going to school in the day, and then living in a sober facility with other addicts at night. Her mother, Charlotte Graham (Sharon Leal), doesn’t hesitate to choose for her.


Maddie doesn’t hide any disinterest when she arrives at the sober facility named “Springtime Meadows.” She has a strong attitude with the counselor, Craig (David Witts), and has no intentions of enjoying her time being stuck in the house.


The first person Maddie really meets at the house is Trish Collins (Kyla Pratt), who is extremely bubbly and recovering from a meth addiction while trying to get her daughter back. While Maddie is settling into her room with Trish, Rebecca Granger (Lindsay Pearce), makes an entrance. Maddie and Rebecca seem to know each other from the past which begins to add more conflict to the series.


While in group discussion you can see Maddie observing the others, and when she is given the chance to speak about her addictions, she claims she doesn’t have any and that she does not belong there. Even after three episodes she has still not come to terms with her addictions and problems, which everyone in the house catches on to.


Maddie certainly doesn’t care much about living at “Springtime Meadows,” which becomes very evident when she asks Wes Stewart (Sebastian De Souza) if he wants to sneak out after curfew. He agrees after some time, and they stop by a supermarket where more conflicts unfold.


The entirety of the show makes the teen audience more aware of addiction itself and shows the struggles of what you go through when taking that route. Its entertainment is brought from the real life obstacles while bringing in the teen life drama and typical romance.


I would really recommend this show to anyone who has seen addiction second hand, or is overall just looking for something with a good plot to watch during their free time. “Recovery Road” is based on the 2011 novel “Recovery Road” by Blake Nelson. Jan. 25, 2016 Freeform (previously known as ABC Family) will be airing this new and intense show. You can find the first three episodes on On Demand or on the ABC Family app.